I have a table with many partitions that I wanted to add a new index to. Following the instructions from Postgres I created the new index on the main table using ON ONLY and then proceeded to create indexes on all the partitions of the table and attach them.

When I got done, I expected the overall index to automatically be marked as valid as per the documentation, however this query was still returning that index (and only that index) as invalid:

FROM pg_class,
WHERE pg_index.indisvalid = false
  AND pg_index.indexrelid = pg_class.oid;

I'm assuming in my manual creation of the indexes on the partitions that I missed attaching one (I already verified they're there on every partition, including default). Is there a way to have Postgres tell me which partition it's missing?

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EDIT: Pgpartman has a function that will fill these partitions in for you: partition_gap_fill. Also relevant is the partition_data_proc and partition_data functions that will actually create partitions and move data from the default partition or other table into the new partitions.

Original Answer:

While I was unable to actually figure out a way to get Postgres to tell me which partition was missing, I did come across the relispartition flag on the pg_class table that I was able to query on and find the partition indexes that I had created but weren't attached to the overall index. Attaching those two partition indexes, made the overall index valid.

Example query to find non-attached indexes:

SELECT relname, relpages, reltuples, *
FROM pg_class
and relispartition is false;

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